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Teach sailing and live life outdoors!

Dinghy sailing is an extreme sport for many, though for some, the attraction lies in a peaceful Sunday afternoon cruise. Whether you are an adrenaline junkie or a relaxation addict, Flying Fish guarantees to improve your personal sailing, life skills, and ensure you become a qualified Dinghy Instructor, all in the beautiful backdrop of Syndey Harbour.

Becoming a Dinghy Instructor means you are able to effectively run RYA dinghy sailing lessons for a wide range of people.

With an RYA Dinghy Instructor qualification, you will be able to teach sailing all around the world, work with people who will become friends for life, and grow significantly as a person.

Teaching sailing will give you confidence, people skills, presentation skills, and so much more.

Whether you are looking for a career as a Watersports Instructor, a Gap Year experience, or want to get abroad and teach during university summer holidays, becoming a Dinghy Instructor will help you develop in many aspects of life.

In addition to all the above, it is such a fun and rewarding job!


How do I become a Dinghy Instructor?

To become a Dinghy Instructor, you will need a passion for the outdoors and want to help people progress with their dinghy sailing.

Your personal dinghy sailing ability must be up to the standard to pass the Pre-entry sailing assessment set out by the RYA. This test includes; sailing without a rudder, sailing without a centerboard, picking up a man overboard, coming alongside, tight circles around a stationary object and efficient sailing of a triangle.

It’s very common for people to need help to get their personal ability up to the required RYA level to pass the exam. That’s where Flying Fish can help! We run Dinghy Sailing Instructor Courses in Sydney, Australia, that will teach you the basics of sailing up to RYA level 3 before moving on to teach you the 5 advanced sailing modules in preparation for your instructor course and life teaching all over the world.

There are also RYA qualifications you will need to become a Dinghy Instructor including RYA Powerboat Level 2 and a First Aid Certificate. The full list of qualifications needed to teach sailing is below.


Qualifications needed to become a sailing instructor

These qualifications and pre-requisites will be acquired during the Flying Fish Training:

  • RYA Dinghy Sailing Instructor Certificate
  • First Aid Certificate
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • Safe and Fun Safeguarding Course
  • RYA Membership

What courses can a Dinghy Instructor teach?

After you qualify as a Dinghy Instructor, you will be able to teach the following RYA Courses in both single and double-handed boats:

  • Adult Sailing Scheme Level 1, 2 and 3
  • Youth Sailing Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Day Sailing
  • Seamanship Skills
  • Sailing with Spinnakers (if you have experience)


Flying Fish’s unique training location

During the winter months (October to April) Flying Fish moves to Sydney, Australia where the warm trade winds make Sydney a superb place to learn to sail. You will find sailing on Sydney Harbour incredible. This and the friendly, laid-back environment makes a perfect setting for a dinghy Instructor Course. The beaches are world famous and since there is so much to see and do, it’s no wonder millions flock each year to experience life down under.

Once qualified as a Dinghy Instructor

Is there a better way to spend your summer than getting paid to work on the water at any beach club resort around the world? Some customers who have a working holiday visa choose to stay in Australia and work in Sydney, for one of the holiday companies in Europe, or in the UK at a local sailing club.

Our Most Popular Course

Dinghy Instructor Course

The Dinghy Instructor Course is designed for intermediate sailors who want to fast-track to RYA Dinghy Instructor.

26 day(s)



Dinghy Instructors course